District health needsunder the microscope
FOR participants in the first Grafton meeting of a new Northern Rivers health advisory panel there was a quick run around the city before getting down to business.
They wanted to see what facilities were here before starting to work out the best way to get the community to provide its views on how the health needs of the Valley could be met.
The Coffs-Clarence Health Participation Forum had met only once before. It is one of four health participation forums that have been set up to advise the North Coast Area Health Advisory Panel and ultimately the North Coast Area Health Service about health policy needs in the Coffs Harbour and Clarence areas.
Forum chair Susan Howland said the meeting provided a way for the community to put forward its health priorities.
"We represent the community from the Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and the Nambucca," she said.
The other three forums represented communities to the north.
"We are seeking comments from the wider community and are developing a plan of action," Ms Howland said.
"We especially want to get comments from the normally hard-toget people."
Ms Howland said there had been no decision made on whether the forums would be open to the public, but people who wanted to have an input could contact her on 66417208, Ted de Roos on 66476596 or Pauline Plant on 66468811.